All you lawyers can breathe easier now.  This just in:

"The hourly rate is alive and well.  Reports of its death, which emerged from a conference of law firm leaders in San Francisco, are, to use Mark Twain’s famous line, greatly exaggerated.  The reports of the hourly rate’s death were questioned when no body was found at the scene, and hope quickly developed following reports of the hourly rate’s presence in San Diego.  Dan Hull, close friend of hourly rate was quoted in local reports as saying "the hourly rate is alive, well and enjoying his visit with the lawyers at Hull McGuire."  Following that disclosure, scores of reports emerged, leading to the conclusion that the death announcement in San Francisco was premature.  Said one anonymous source: "that hourly rate is so tough it will take a stake through its heart for it to die."

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